|About The Reinsel Family
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In 1976, William Edward (Bill) Reinsel published The Reinsels of Pennsylvania. Bill produced a very accurate report on the male descendants of John H. Reinsel (1797-1856) and Margaret Arents Reinsel (1809-1878). Also, he included the descendants of John's nephew, George Reinsel (1817-1881) and Louisa Grath (1819-1867). Bills research stimulated my interest in family history and I have probed further into the historical record. New sources of information have become available since Bill completed his work. These have allowed me to make solid connections to people that had previously been somewhat speculative. Also, I did not limit my research to those named Reinsel. And I have substantially expanded on the family tree to include those named Ransel, Rensel, and Ransil. Also, I have included the Bauers and Ditzs, Cypherts, and McGranahans and McGarritys. I have added the ancestors of Louis Young, my son-in law and Deborah Cress my daughter-in law to this file. Certain points in the record that follows differ from material presented by Bill. These points are the result of new information from sources which were not part of Bill’s research. It is my desire to produce and accurate history as possible and to point the way for further exploration by those who have the time and inclination to delve into history. I have pursued this research as a hobby and I doubt that I will ever truly be finished. However, I have produced a volume that may be of interest to other researchers and those who are simply curious about their relatives. In this year (2017) I have discovered Reinsels, Ransels, and other variations of the name the in the German states of Europe in the 1600s through the 1800s. None of the have resulted in direct links, but I keep hoping. Bob Reinsel Fairfax, VA